Wednesday, October 21, 2015

winter and academic year

Academic year is structured around the negation of winter. There's Autumn, Spring and Summer terms, and winter does not exist on paper. It's equally divided between Spring and Autumn. I'm sure its not due to weather being mild on the British islands, (this Autumn is nearly Russian, sad murky fresh and ideal for firs) - but some cultural thing, I'm not quite able to pin down. Something like rule of three in writing or restatement of acts in triplicates in law? ("I give, devise and bequeath ...") Or maybe neo- liberal avoidance of antagonism, avoid acknowledging cold, lack of comfort and extended darkness that's right there in the middle of our lives, like inevitable failure. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS WINTER. It is political question.